Tuesday, May 30, 2006


Cora decided it was time to go home! Posted by Picasa

8 Comments:

Blogger 3 Cats & a Golden said...

What a cute picture of your dog! Yes, I now have a dog too and they can have a mind of their own. I love your garden photos. I took some tours of local gardens in California and of course, took lots of photos myself.

Tuesday, 30 May, 2006  
Blogger Mike said...

Many thanks for your comment - i really enjoyed the photos on your blog and will come back for another look soon!
All the best, Mike

Tuesday, 30 May, 2006  
Blogger 3 Cats & a Golden said...

Thanks! I enjoy your photos too. I went to another garden tour so will have to color correct those and post them soon.

Nikki just had her first swimming lesson yesterday so of course her adventures ended up in the blog.

Wednesday, 31 May, 2006  
Blogger 3 Cats & a Golden said...

Oh, question. Since I'm in the States, I hadn't heard of allotment gardens before. Could you explain how that works?

Thanks!
Debbie

Wednesday, 31 May, 2006  
Blogger Mike said...

Historically in England the local council has to make land available for people to grow fruit and vegetables near where they live. I pay £15 a year - but our situation is slightly different as we are a private allotment association which leases land from the council. AS long as the land is kept in good condition and under cultivation it is in effect mine. However I can't pass it on without consulting the committee.

As you can imagine many allotments are under threat from developments of one kind or another, and some have disappeared. However there has been a revival in recent years and there is a waiting list for ours now, which means they are unlikely to have houses built on them just yet! Allotments were a valuable source of food in wartime and in the post-war period when rationing was still in effect. All in all you have to say - what a great system!
All the best, Mike

Wednesday, 31 May, 2006  
Blogger 3 Cats & a Golden said...

Did they have the allotments prior to WWII? I think it's a great system too. I like to watch the English TV show Rosemary & Thyme and I think they mentioned allotments on that show, which was the first time I had heard of it.

I think it's a great system too. Too bad they don't have something like that here in the US. Developers are putting in high-density housing everywhere, which I find deplorable. It's important to have open land.

Wednesday, 31 May, 2006  
Blogger KT121 said...

Hi Mike,
I've enjoyed all the recent updates.Lovely to see things being potted up and planted in.

Is Cora good while you garden? I really like it when you include some pics of her on your blog.Looking at these puts a smile on my face!

Thursday, 01 June, 2006  
Blogger Mike said...

Debbie: Yes there were allotments well before that - will look up in my allotment book and let you know!

KT: Glad you've enjoyed the updates - as it is half term and our holiday had to be cancelled at the last minute we at last have had some time to get things going!

Cora is brilliant while we are working. Iwill post a couple of pictures to give you an idea! She's the same in the car - can get from Lancashire to Hampshire without even waking up!!!
All the best, Mike

Thursday, 01 June, 2006  

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